When it comes to grilling, there are basically no rules – it all comes down to your preferences. Charcoal or gas grill? Slightly spicy or full of flavor? Does the meat go well or not? But after saying this, there are still some basic guidelines that every griller should follow for a successful barbecue session.
Here are 5 do’s and don’ts of grilling to get a smooth-selling barbecue:
DO – Practice safety
Grilling can be dangerous if safety precautions are not studied. To protect yourself from flare-ups or fire, wear barbecue gloves and use long handle tools such as brushes and tongs. Always have a fire extinguisher ready. More importantly, only grill in the open, away from anything that could easily catch fire.
Don’t – Use a grill cover when cooking on hot coals
According to John Willoughby and Chris Schlesinger, authors of Let the Flames Begin (a popular barbecue cookbook), the biggest mistake grillers make is to cover the grill when cooking food directly on hot coals. When meat fat starts dripping on charcoal, it turns into smoke which in turn gives your food a bitter smoke taste. Instead, divide your grill into direct and indirect heat parts and move our food accordingly while cooking.
DO – Clean and oil your chisel before each grilling session
Keeping your grill clean helps maintain the freshness and safety of food. Applying crushed oil before each session helps prevent food from sticking and also gives your food the properties of an appetizing grill.
What not to do – kill the hire by squirting it with water
A common grilling mistake is to pull water on flare-ups. This will not only affect the heat, but will also bring coal ash to your diet. One important thing to remember is that flare ups are inevitable but can be controlled. When eruptions occur, move your food to the colder part of the grill until it cools down.
Do – let your food “sit”
When you have finished cooking food, especially meat, on the grill, give it a few minutes to “sit” before cutting and serving. This allows the flavor to be mixed and the juice to be absorbed, resulting in a delicious dish.
Whether you are a grilling beginner or not, this basic guide to simplifying and not grilling will help you have a safe, enjoyable and hassle-free barbecue session!